There comes a time in every person's life when they find themselves being invited to countless weddings. At some point it might seem like everybody in your life is getting married. And this isn't necessarily a bad thing. Weddings are fun, after all. However, dressing for a wedding can be difficult.
Choosing an outfit for a wedding isn't always easy, especially as you'll be featured in a wedding album for years to come. You don't want the happy couple showing their children or grandchildren pictures where you're wearing an outfit you immediately regretted. This is why it is important that you choose your outfit for weddings carefully. And we're here to help you do just that.
Location, location, location
Is the venue indoors or outdoors? Is it on a wine farm or at an upmarket hotel? You need to take into consideration what you know about the location of the wedding, from the ceremony to the reception. You don't want to be wearing stilettos in the sand or pumps in a ballroom. You have the venue listed on the invitation, so do some research. It's not necessary to actually visit the venue before the event, however, a quick Google search never hurt anyone.
Be bold... but not too bold
Standing out from the crowd may be what you're looking for when attending any other formal event. However, at a wedding, it's the happy couple who should be standing out. So, while you want to look amazing, try not to dress too boldly. Looking glamorous and well-dressed for the occasion is one thing but upstaging the bride or groom is quite another. Go for a dress or suit that's simple, yet elegant. Unless, of course, the invitation states another form of dress code.
Avoid leaving the house in black or white
You're attending a wedding and not a funeral, so don't leave the house looking as though you're in mourning by wearing all black. Yes, even if it is your signature look. On the other hand, wearing white is a bad idea, unless you know the bride won't be wearing a white wedding dress. Of course, a touch of black or white is perfectly okay, just break it up with some colour.
When it comes to eye makeup, don't go too dark or colourful, especially if you're wearing dark or colourful lipstick. When you're thinking of how to apply makeup for this event, keep in mind that weddings aren't usually quick events and you will have to maintain your look from the start of the ceremony to the time you leave the reception. And, unless you know how to do makeup in a rush in the bathroom, keep your makeup light. The almost-natural look is both classy and elegant.
Think about the couple
Since you're invited to their wedding, it's likely that you know the happy couple quite well. Take some time to consider the aesthetic they'd like in their wedding photographs. While you probably want to express your style in your outfit, this day is about them and what they would want. Consider the kind of people they are and the type of wedding environment they would prefer.
Check the weather
You already know what season it is, but the weather can be unpredictable, especially in the Western Cape. So, when you go shopping for an outfit at Canal Walk, make sure you purchase an outfit that you can add an extra layer to if it's particularly cold that day. Or, on the other side of the coin, don't buy anything you may end up overheating in.
The trick is to dress to impress and be a perfect addition to any photograph. If you look good, you'll feel good, always remember that.